Work Experience

Work experience evaluation

For my work experience, I spent 3 weeks at HIP gallery in Princes Quay. I am more interested in videography and photography than I am in writing, so I searched for videography and photography courses in Hull and found HIP gallery. For my first week, I got to witness how a Television program, the culture cafe, is conducted. My job was to tell the news presenters when to pause, when to finish and when to begin the show. This was an entirely new experience as I have never done this before. This particular task was more challenging than I thought, as I needed to follow the script that the presenters were reading, and follow it and tell them when to stop talking and when to start talking and when to pause. It was interesting to see the work that goes into creating the culture cafe.

For my second and third week, I practiced for my role as the cameraman for Hull’s strictly come dancing.

I was given only 2 weeks notice about the event, so I practiced thoroughly with a Large Format Sensor camcorder, a camera that is used in many news organisations such as the BBC. As I had no experience with this camera, I practised 2 hours a day for the 2 weeks leading up to the event.

During the event, I was under quite a lot of pressure as I was the main cameraman – people were watching the dancers from home via my camera, so I had to ensure that I got good quality footage. The pressure of the situation was a very good learning experience. I was wearing headphones and was told the shots to take by the team I was working with through my headphones. This required intense concentration and the ability to stay calm. The event was a great success and further strengthened my belief that I want to do videography and photography. My team were thoroughly impressed with my filming and the various shots I was able to take.

I also spent 2 Saturdays working with Andi Dakin who runs the Saturday Art Club. For the first Saturday, I worked with both him and his students on gathering interviews from people. I took charge and taught the students how to interview with the skills that I have acquired in this journalism course. For the second Saturday, I collected the interviews and edited them all for the students to use.



Paper City

A new exhibition called Paper City has been launched in the fruit market.

The family friendly exhibition was constructed by G.F Smith, a paper company. It involves various installations done by eight artists. The installations are spread out in and around the fruit market.


A sculpture by Richard Woods, one of the artists. 

Using standard sheet sizes of paper known as colorplan paper, Richard Woods was able to create graphic brickwork.

Francis Thomas, 33, from East Hull said: “I like that he chose red and white it goes well and it looks good.”


Another installation by artist Jacqueline Poncelet titled “Island Life”

By cutting and folding the paper, she was able to create different shapes with the paper.

Betty Matthews, 39, from East Hull said: “This is my favourite one because it feels like the artist took their time getting the colours and shapes perfect.”



“The Fabric of Hull” by Made Thought. 

Using all 50 colours of the colorplan range, this installation shows the relationships that G.F Smith have created over the last century.

Franklin Bascud, 23, also from East Hull said:”It’s nice to see how creative some of the people that made these are. It’s a really fun exhibition for children also.”

The exhibition is free and open until the 9th of July.

For more information please visit


Work Experience – Hull Echo

I have been working for Hull Echo for a week. I have been searching for local events taking place, attending them and writing reviews about them in detail.

The stories i write for Hull Echo are feature stories which we have yet to do in college – this has allowed me to gain a thorough understanding of writing feature stories before we begin writing them in college.

Here is feedback from Nicky Brockwell, whom i have been producing stories for and who runs Hull Echo:

“Baltzer has created stories for the Hull Echo.

The stories he has created have been mostly reviews.
I find that Baltzer’s stories entertaining, with good images that he supplies along with the articles.
Baltzer goes into depth with his writing which gives the readers insight to what the articles are about. I believe Baltzer has passion in his work and very attentive to detail.
I have been impressed with his commitment to writing and I am looking forward to more of his stories to publish in the Hull Echo.”

Humber Street Market

Hundreds came together to the Humber Street Market to enjoy a lively Sunday

The event, which is every third Sunday of the month begun at 11AM and ran up to 4PM. Although the weather was damp with a slight drizzle, that did not ruin the good Sunday vibe.

The atmosphere was extremely vibrant, with people, both young and old, moving across from one street vender to the next carefully browsing through the various products on sale.

The event was filled with a massive range of products such as paintings, beautiful antiques, jewellery, handbags, clothing for men and women, as well as different activities like face painting for children: there was something for everyone.


A painting on sale


Antiques on sale


Jewellery and handbags on sale

A live acoustics inside the Fruit venue added a more peaceful feel to the day, as people sat in chairs relaxed while watching a live performance.

Chris Heald, artist of the some of the paintings on sale said: “This event offers an alternative experience to what people are used to. For example, the local shopping malls around town,  it’s the same experience for people everyday. Here, there’s a different atmosphere every time.”

For a full list of upcoming events at Früit, visit

Mummies of Yorkshire

Professor Joann Fletcher gave a talk about the Mummies of Yorkshire on Thursday night at the Hands on History Museum in Hull.

Joann, 50, who is an Egyptologist, believes that the mummies in Yorkshire were originally from North Africa, as she said:

“Human remains from York, male and female, recently demonstrated to have come from North Africa as a result of various forms of analysis carried out by Reading University.

“The bodies were also coated in a layer of preservative plaster so called gypsum plaster. It was a practice that even reached Britain.

“Majority of these gypsum plaster mummies do come from Yorkshire.”

According to Joann, the mummies were covered in the gypsum plaster in order to preserve them in the wet climate of Yorkshire.

She has also discovered bronze figurines: “There are other ancient Egyptian findings from where we are tonight: A fabulous bronze figurine of the Goddess Isis son, Horus, and 2 marvellous bronze crocodiles.”

In the Hands on History museum, there are life size replicas of ancient figurines ranging from a statue of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun to the Rosetta Stone that became the key to unlocking the secrets to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.

William Aumonier, a British sculptor, along with a team of craftsmen created the replicas. These were made  London for an exhibition in Wembley in 1924.The collection of replicas were bought by Albert Reckitt, who later presented them to Hull museums.


A replica of one of a pair of life-sized figures of  Tutankhamun


Life-sized Replica of the Rosetta Stone